|Forum topic by gbinco||posted 09-30-2014 04:02 PM||989 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
09-30-2014 04:02 PM
I did some woodworking more than a decade ago and am just getting back into it. My experience with hardwood is limited.
My next project is going to be a little walnut side table. I was going to use dowel joinery and the top will be lots of little strips glued up.
I got excited by the price and pattern of the walnut I bought out of a guy’s garage. A day later I realized that I had purchased plain sawed wood. It is kiln dried to about 6-7%. I live near Denver, low humidity. I will be spraying it with a few coats of poly.
I really don’t want movement to bust the table apart. I think I could fairly easily fix the top by turning all of the segments 90 degrees before gluing, but is it necessary? I’m also afraid that the apron could expand and push up the top. If the shelf would expand, it would push the legs outward but I’m hoping that wouldn’t be enough pressure to separate the joints at the top.
I was also hoping to use some of the wood for a pizza paddle or cutting board. I thought I had a source that said which woods were good for food items but can’t find it. I know some woods can impart flavor on the food that it contacts and some woods have open grain which can cause sanitation problems. Is walnut safe for food? I know it has open grain but is that a problem for dry foods or is there a food safe sealant that would work here?